Motorcycle Emptiness and emotathons

Too tired (long story) to do any creative work on the Thesis, and having done enough grunt work on it too, for today, I am in the process of writing a paper for a conference here in Manchester about alternative futures and popular protest. It will not be a popular paper. It will slag off the social movements, who are apparently the ones we are relying on to lead us out of the slough of despond to the sunny uplands.

Yeah, right.

And one of the concepts I am deploying (one of my own) is ’emotathons’. I came up with it a few years ago.

emotathons

 

I am process of changing this one  (which captures the dreary plodding longevity of it) with the term Emotacycle, which captures the circularity (but loses the drudgery aspect a bit).  Still, aesthetically, it allows cringeworthy “pop culture” references to two songs.

All Revved Up With No Place To Go (by Mr M. Loaf)

And

Motorcycle Emptiness by the Manic Street Preachers.

Which is extraordinary.

Culture sucks down words
Itemize loathing and feed yourself smiles
Organize your safe tribal war
Hurt, maim, kill and enslave the ghetto

Each day living out a lie
Life sold cheaply forever, ever, ever

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Life lies a slow suicide
Orthodox dreams and symbolic myths
From feudal serf to spender
This wonderful world of purchase power

Just like lungs sucking on air
Survivals natural as sorrow, sorrow, sorrow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Drive away and it’s the same
Everywhere death row, everyone’s a victim
Your joys are counterfeit
This happiness corrupt political shit

Living life like a comatose
Ego loaded and swallow, swallow, swallow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness everlasting nothingness

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One thought on “Motorcycle Emptiness and emotathons”

  1. re your article’s thrust that might: ‘slag off the social movements’

    Jonathon Smucker’s new book is helping me understand this sort of stuff.

    Regarding our modern movements’ various symptoms/forms of navel-gazing/excessive self-love, I’m just now reading Smucker’s book, just out. Spot on…so far, covers some of the same ground like your stuff about group dysfunctions.

    From a review here: https://www.akpress.org/hegemonyhowto.html

    excerpt: Hopeful about the potential of today’s burgeoning movements, long-time grassroots organizer Jonathan Smucker nonetheless pulls no punches when confronting their internal dysfunction. Drawing from personal experience, he provides deep theoretical insight into the all-too-familiar radical tendency toward self-defeating insularity and paralyzing purism.’
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